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Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of English to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme in English will qualify you for the 11-16 with A level enrichment, using the national Teachers’ Standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The 24 weeks placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career.

Key features

  • Draw upon your own expertise in English and extend your own knowledge and understanding.
  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
  • Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.
  • Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
  • Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
  • Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.

Course details

Year 1

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 24 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of English itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department for Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

Core modules

  • EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
  • EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning
  • EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
  • EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
  • EPGS719 Professional Studies

Optional modules

  • EPGS610 Developing Subject Pedagogy
  • EPGS619 Professional Studies

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Secondary Education (English) - PGCE page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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